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The Silicon Valley venturechick who blogs: Christine Herron

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Christine Herron
Not long ago, we wrote about the first VC female blogger, Kimberly Davis King, stepping down. While at IDG Ventures, she managed to write only a handful of quirky posts, only to recently leave the firm. We were left wondering whether there are any other female VC bloggers out there

Turns out, there are two. Or three, if you want to stretch the definition of a "venture capitalist." And only one of them is in Silicon Valley.

First, meet Christine Herron. She is an investor with Omidyar Network, a VC firm that was created by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, and which is based in Silicon Valley (Redwood City). Her blog is called Christine.net.

Christine, we like your style. You disclose all of your conflicts, all the time. In your Monday post, you write about four companies and disclose that you have invested in them.

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Esther Dyson
Other VC bloggers often disclose their investment once, if at all, and then forget about disclosing it on subsequent mentions. Christine's policy makes things clear, and increases trust in what she writes. Nice going.

Christine tells how she spent an hour searching online for other examples of VC women who blog. She came up empty-handed before landing on Esther Dyson, who is an investor (though her main job is technology analyst, and is not officially a venture capitalist) and whose site, Release 1.0 is not a full-fledged blog -- it jumps around between tabs on "ideas," which is co-authored, and notes about "Where's Esther?," which doesn't allow comments, at least on the front page.) Esther's site gives an address in New York.

Then Christine threw up a page on her site to create a directory, called VentureChicks, in case people came up with other examples.

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Sachi Gahan
And up popped a third name, Sachi Gahan, who is a principal at CenterPoint Ventures, with offices in Dallas and Austin. Her blog is called Class V.

Thanks to the women at Reinvention Inc., a blog about "enterprising women," for telling us about Christine in the first place.

Since we are on the topic of women and Silicon Valley, check out start-up LimeLife. It is based in Menlo Park, the headquarters of the VC industry, and is developing a mobile software focused on content for women. It has raised $10 million in a second round of funding led by U.S. Venture Partners, and joined by Rustic Canyon Ventures, i-Hatch Ventures and Monitor Ventures.


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From: Christine.net
Responses for the VentureChicks
Excerpt: There's been some interesting feedback on the recent search for female investor-bloggers. Thanks to Matt Marshall, Kirsten Osalind, and Anne Zelenka for chiming in on the topic. Though I've got to say...there have to be more than three of us.
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From: Israeli VC on Sand Hill road
Venturechicks
Excerpt: I suppose the title of this entry does not need an explanation - or perhaps it does. Recently, when I was checking the traffic on my blog, I noticed quite a few clicks coming via a blog called Venturechicks. That
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For more women VC fodder, the Women's Technology Cluster in San Fran will host the 2nd Annual WTC Venture Capital Awards on April 4th, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. The event honors VC firms that invest in women-led businesses and features women VC speakers.

http://www.wtc-sf.org/vc_awards.html

re:invention's 2004 "Venture Funding for Women Entrepreneurs" report (co-authored by Growthink Research) was the inspiration for the 1st WTC Venture Capital Awards, held in 2005. Sadly, re:invention is often omitted by investor publications who mention the report (like Fortune Small Biz, twice in their April ed.). Quite ironic, since we are a woman-led firm.

Venture One conducted this year's WTC Awards analysis. But re:invention's SVP, Melissa Reinert, sits on the WTC's advisory board for their upcoming Angel Colloquium.

Hope you will attend...

kindly,
kirsten

kirsten on March 29, 2006 6:46 PM
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Christine's the real deal.

She's a great ambassador for Omidyar Netwrok -- and here's my "secret" insight -- if someone's in Christine's network, they're probably someone with whom you can trust and do business.

Nice profile.

Chris Tolles on April 3, 2006 10:27 AM
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